The Golden State Warriors take on the Toronto Raptors.
The Warriors will be looking to win their third straight title and their fourth in the past five years, although the Raptors will want to win their first name. The Warriors got beyond the Clippers, Rockets and Trail Blazers to win the Western Conference, while the Raptors defeated the Magic, 76ers, and Bucks to win the Eastern Conference. Golden State is about a 3-1 favorite to win the best-of-seven series, but the Raptors will have the home-court benefit.
The Warriors will be without Kevin Durant for the first match of the show, but Golden State still has a powerful lineup comprising Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Golden State could get Durant back at some point in the series and they might also get DeMarcus Cousins back from harm.
The Raptors are led by Kawhi Leonard who has been spectacular in the playoffs, averaging 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Toronto has also gotten a strong play of late from copy guard Fred VanVleet that has scored in double-figures in three straight games.
Golden State may be without Durant, but so long as they’ve Curry at the lineup they’re hard to beat. Curry is averaging 35.8 points in the previous five Golden State wins. The Raptors defeated the Warriors in both regular-season meetings, winning 131-128 at home in late November and 113-93 at Golden State at mid-December.
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